Wild Rogue Wilderness Area

About the Wild Rogue

A historic river canyon

Tucked in the far northwest corner of Oregon's Siskiyou Mountains, the Wild Rogue River Canyon has become revered as a premier river destination, and thousands of visitors from around the world float this remote river stretch each year. From the river canyon, steep slopes rise to some of the most intact old-growth forests in western Oregon. Those forests lead to commanding peaks like Hanging Rock and Mt. Bolivar. 

The river canyon is quite popular among boaters and hikers, especially in peak seasons. It's not uncommon to encounter groups of 20+ hikers supported by a cadre of rafts that ferry gear between camps. So avoid those peak seasons, holiday weekends, and other busy times as diligently as you want to avoid the abundant poison oak growing throughout the wilderness.

Large bars along the river are in high demand, especially by the many large rafting groups that frequent the Rogue. Do share campsites with boating and hiking parties and always respect other visitors. 

Also beware of rattlesnakes, ticks, mosquitoes, extreme temperatures, powerful marine storms, and high water levels. Black bears along the river have become accustomed to humans and can be aggressive. Do not approach, follow, or harass wildlife.  

Photo #1: Field crew at Hanging Rock Photo #2: Incredible old-growth forest along Panther Ridge Photo #3: Rafting the Wild & Scenic Rogue River